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Curriculum Overview

Raising standards at Alban Wood requires focus on what we do in the classroom.  Continued and sustained improvement is dependent upon improving the quality of learning and teaching that is taking place on a daily basis.

At Alban Wood, the expectation is that all pupils are provided with high quality learning experiences that lead to consistently high levels of pupil achievement.

We expect every teacher to be a good teacher – no child deserves less.

By adopting a whole school approach to teaching and learning across the school, we aim:

  • To provide consistency of teaching and learning across the school
  • To enable teachers to teach as effectively as possible
  • To promote British values
  • To enable children to learn as well as possible
  • To give children the skills they require to become more effective lifelong learners
  • To provide an inclusive education for all children
  • To learn from each other, through the adoption of a collaborative, enquiry based approach to teaching and learning, where good practice is shared

Subjects are taught, at Alban Wood, using a cross curricular approach. This means, that although there may be one subject named, a range of different skills will be taught across a unit/ topic. English and Maths skills are also developed through all of the units in addition to daily English and Maths lessons as this gives children the opportunity to apply their English and Maths skills. Each topic also has our three drivers: community, enterprise and possibilities interwoven into it. Finally, our topics promote British values of: democracy, rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance.

Phonics, spelling and reading

Children in EY have daily phonics sessions following a synthetic approach to the teaching of phonics. Practitioners plan and deliver sessions that are visual, auditory and kinaesthetic. Children in Nursery and Reception visit our school library once a week and select a book to take home.

Children in Y1 have daily phonics sessions and children in Y2 have 4 x weekly sessions. These are differentiated by phonics phase and follow Letters and Sounds. Homework tasks are often linked to phonics to enable children to apply their phonics and to enable parents to support with development of phonics. Phonics workshops for parents are provided. Children in KS1, as with children in Early Years, also visit our library once a week and select a book to take home. In addition to this children read books from our reading scheme which is mainly resourced through Oxford Reading Tree. We also use Project X to support children who need additional support with the development of reading and phonics.

Children in KS2 have grammar sessions which include the teaching of spelling patterns. This is taught through discrete sessions which are additional to daily English sessions.

Further curriculum information

If you would like more information about the curriculum at Alban Wood please contact the school office where a member of staff will be able to answer any curriculum questions. In addition to this termly curriculum newsletters are sent out by each class teacher which explain each year group’s curriculum for the term – please see class pages.

The following document details our whole school development priorities for 2017 – 2018.